SCTE 2019 Key Takeaways

This year’s event promoted plenty of fresh ideas that are being explored along with some important updates on critical work that’s underway. 

Phil Harvey, Light Reading’s US Bureau Chief interviewed us during the SCTE Cable-Tec 2019. Watch the video to learn the main topics on digital transformation, how Symphonica helps achieving it and how we are moving from the cable legacy infrastructure all the way to the Cloud.

10G

The cable industry dedicated its efforts around 10G, an initiative directed at delivering symmetrical speeds of 10 Gbit/s together with other advanced features such as low latency.

Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA, described how the 10G story is being defined during this year’s opening general session.

He also played down concerns about market confusion between 10G and 5G, explaining that 10G networks will be needed to underpin 5G services. 

The truth is that 10G represents the long-term future direction and that the focus is not only on HFC networks but also on fiber-to-the-premises and wireless networks deployed by MSOs. There seems to be little uncertainty that 10G systems will be crucial down the road as there’s a feeling of eventuality that services needing those speeds will surface just they did in every prior step-up in the capacity of the cable access network.

Meanwhile, the cable industry is already on the cusp of reaching a significant milestone with its widely deployed DOCSIS 3.1-based networks.

DOCSIS 4.0

The 10G story is also linked to DOCSIS 4.0, which is now under development at CableLabs. It will support Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD), enabling the bandwidth to be raised to 1.8GHz and continue to keep the upstream and downstream traffic apart.

After some earlier FDX vs. ESD discussion, the cable industry has decided that both technologies can coexist under the DOCSIS 4.0 umbrella.

While DOCSIS 4.0 will increase the need for most cable operators to upgrade HFC networks to FTTP, other projects underway could stretch that road out even more. 

Smart Cities

As cities smarten up their infrastructure, cable operators should be taking a more proactive role in those discussions with local leaders.

Cable operators already have the wired networks, along with aggressive plans to complement that with mobile and wireless capabilities that can underpin any smart city initiative.

Intraway at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2019

  • Many industry experts came by our booth to connect with our team to learn more about Intraway’s intelligent automation solutions.
  • We showcased demos on:
    • DAA Infrastructure Provisioning: Multi-vendor RPD Deployment
    • Multi-Access Residential Services Walkthrough: Multi-vendor GPON Service Provisioning in a Multi-Access Technology context.

The event was a great success with a good flow of professional visitors and with the presence of the sector’s key players, which allowed the consolidation of existing customer relations and creating new ones.

Light Reading’s Panel: Virtualizing the Cable Architecture

In this special SCTE•ISBE breakfast roundtable session that took place right before the show’s opening general session, Steve Marsh, our North America CTO, assessed the market’s current state on virtualized functions, explored cable’s pioneering virtualization efforts, and examined the early trials and pilots. 

This panel focused on how cable operators and vendors are finally reaping the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) after years of studies and false starts. Top industry tech execs will discuss the latest cable trials, pilots and commercial deployments of cloud-based services and functions, and the evolving business use cases for those services.

SCTE 2019

The speaking lineup also included Peter Wolff, VP of Wireline Product Management and Solutions Architecture at Casa Systems; Satya Parimi, Group Vice President of Enterprise Data at Spectrum Enterprise; Krithika Moorti, GM of Cable and Fixed Broadband Access at Intel; Colin Howlett, VP of Architecture at Vecima Networks; and Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technology at Cox Communications.

 

Phil Harvey, Light Reading’s US Bureau Chief interviewed us during the SCTE Cable-Tec 2019. Watch the video to learn the main topics on digital transformation, how Symphonica helps achieving it and how we are moving from the cable legacy infrastructure all the way to the Cloud.

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